SA Roofing February 2018 // Issue 97 - Page 17

PROJECTS The roof creates an ambience, which is unique. Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) which will be driven and managed by the company. Getting it together The green roof project commenced in 2016 with the roof located on the flat concrete roof of the spa building. “The roof intends to cultivate plants used in the spa treatments,” he explains. Vegetation selected will be used in the spa and the garden will be accessible to patrons. “Plants were selected based on their usefulness, aesthetic appeal, health properties and capability for use in treatment products,” he says. The roof “ Hotel Verde Zanzibar is set to take sustainable development to new heights in East Africa.” creates an ambience, which is unique to the region and other hotels in the area. The major challenges that Harms and his team experienced include the language barrier and the location of the hotel in a remote area. Overcoming these challenges included a regular site presence of project managers, paying close attention to plans and drawings, additional reviews and a streamlined building commissioning process. Managed and operated by Verde Hotels, the hotel showcases the integration of 5-star luxury and environmental best practice. The hotel features 142 bedrooms, a spa, gym, various eateries, conference facilities, an entertainment area and a marina. Verde Hotels’ mandate is to prove that luxury and sustainability are not mutually exclusive and do this through the installation of innovative sustainable technology, creating carbon neutral hotel experiences and implementing best practice sustainable operational solutions. The green roof is expected to be completed in early 2018 with the official launch of the hotel yet to be announced. Verde Hotels’ mandate is to prove that luxury and sustainability are not mutually exclusive. RESIDENTIAL // COMMERCIAL // INDUSTRIAL FEBRUARY 2018 15